Search Results: "James Lincoln Collier"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Maps; notes; Gettysburg Address. (Fiction. 10+)"
Before dying of a wound, Pa extracts from Johnny a promise not to become involved in the Civil War and to care for the farm and family. Read full book review >

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DUKE ELLINGTON by James Lincoln Collier
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Index not seen. (Biography. 12-15)"
Characterizing Ellington as ``perhaps the most important figure in American music of the 20th century,'' the author looks at the composer's personality and career, focusing especially on his musical strengths and weaknesses. Read full book review >

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MY CROOKED FAMILY by James Lincoln Collier
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

A turn-of-the-century 13-year-old abandons the straight and narrow for the big money and high style of a life of crime. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A good match with Sid Fleischman's The Entertainer and the Dybbuk (2007). (Fiction. 9-12)"
Eugene Richards is rightly disturbed when a specter inhabits his body and tells him he must kill his grandfather to redress a wrong from many years ago. Read full book review >

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JAZZ by James Lincoln Collier
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Bound to blow fresh winds through the jazz academy—and to please those interested in watching the feathers fly."
Ten philosophical essays on issues in jazz scholarship from jazz-historian and children's author Collier (author of controversial biographies of Armstrong, Ellington, and Goodman, among other works). Read full book review >

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ME AND BILLY by James Lincoln Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A good read-aloud selection that may lead to discussion about likable rogues. (Fiction. 4-7)"
Possum (the only name the 12-year-old orphan has) tells his own life story and picaresque adventures with fellow orphan and best friend, Billy. Read full book review >

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THE EMPTY MIRROR by James Lincoln Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Spooky and satisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Prolific author Collier presents an odd and oddly compelling tale of a young boy haunted by a vengeful spirit and his own tragic past. Read full book review >

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THE JAZZ KID by James Lincoln Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Readers will get more of a feel for the music from Bontemps' Lonesome Boy (1955) or Hentoff's Jazz Country (1965), but Collier offers a convincing portrait of a feckless young person who's capable of fierce concentration when he's doing what matters to him. (Fiction. 11-14)"
When Paulie hears what his father calls ``that nigger music'' in a '20s Chicago club, it changes his life. Read full book review >

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THE RISE OF SELFISHNESS IN AMERICA by James Lincoln Collier
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Impassioned and eloquent, jazz historian Collier (Duke Ellington, 1987; Louis Armstrong: An American Genius, 1983, etc.) here turns a critical eye to the history of self-interest among Americans and its phenomenal growth in recent times. Read full book review >

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THE CLOCK by James Lincoln Collier
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Still, a good introduction to a pivotal point in social history, though it lacks the subtlety and dimensions of Katherine Paterson's Lyddie (1991), which handles the same themes with more artistry and skill. (Fiction. 12+)"
Annie Steele wants to be a teacher, but her spendthrift father keeps the family in debt; after he buys a factory-made clock, she's forced to work at the local textile mill. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A splendid book, for every library. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Describing Lincoln as "one of the greatest masters of the English language," Meltzer lets him speak eloquently for himself, skillfully selecting passages from Lincoln's speeches, letters, and other writings to characterize the man, follow the development of his ideas, and exemplify his achievements. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN by David Herbert Donald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A magisterial work, destined to assume its place with those of Beveridge, Sandburg, Thomas, and Oates as a standard life of Lincoln. (Book-of-the-Month Club split main selection; History Book Club main selection)"
In a significant contribution to Lincoln scholarship, distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prizewinning biographer Donald (Harvard; Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, 1987, etc.) draws a richly detailed, absorbing portrait of our 16th president. Read full book review >